Reconstruction of the English Street bridge
We are rebuilding the English Street bridge to cater for the widened Tullamarine Freeway and to improve access to Essendon Fields. The two pedestrian bridges at Vaughan and Earl Streets have also been removed and will be replaced to allow for the freeway widening underneath.
Sketch perspective view of the reconstructed English Street bridge with new alignment. Disclaimer: Artistic impressions are for illustrative purposes only. Information presented is of a preliminary nature.
Project status, February 2017
English Street bridge has reopened
After 23 days of around-the-clock construction, the new English Street bridge is ready to welcome its very first drivers, cyclists and pedestrians.
The bridge has been closed since 3 January when it was demolished by a fleet of excavators, concrete-breakers and steel-cutters.
Giant cranes then moved in to install 15 steel beams, each weighing 40 tonnes and measuring 38 metres.
The new longer, wider bridge began to take shape, with crews working on concrete foundations, connecting essential services and installing traffic signals.
Three lanes in each direction are now open to traffic, and pedestrians and cyclists can access a shared-user path on the northern side of the new bridge.
The project is delighted to restore access to Essendon Fields and Airport West in time for Australia Day, when traffic volumes increase as the community returns to work and school.
The remaining lanes and southern path of the bridge are scheduled to open in mid 2017, with lane and ramp closures to continue while further works are completed, including barriers, road-surfacing, line-marking and lighting.
As the VicRoads program of summertime works draws to a close, the reopening of English Street bridge marks a major milestone for the CityLink Tulla Widening project and a remarkable engineering feat.
Earl Street and Vaughan Street pedestrian bridges removed, July 2016
The Vaughan and Earl Street pedestrian bridges have been temporarily removed to accommodate the widening of the freeway.
The beams for the new Vaughan Street bridge are due to be lifted on 25 February during a freeway closure from 10pm to 6am. This bridge will be open in mid-March.
Construction for the new Earl Street bridge has been delayed due to an overlap with other works in the area. A new installation date will be communicated shortly.
View of a time-lapse video of the bridges' removal.
Road users will enjoy the following benefits:
- better access to Essendon Fields
- less congestion
- improved look of the English Street bridge area.
About the upgrade
The proposed reconstruction includes:
- the lengthening and widening of the bridge to cater for an extra lane in each direction on the Tullamarine Freeway underneath
- the rebuilding of the pedestrian bridges at Vaughan and Earl Streets
- the creation of a disability compliant pedestrian crossing at English Street.
Sketch perspective view of reconstructed English Street bridge from inbound carriageway. Disclaimer: Artistic impressions are for illustrative purposes only. Information presented is of a preliminary nature for discussion.
Business online survey
In October 2015, we invited businesses in the Essendon Fields area to take part in an online survey. We are using the results to help plan the reconstruction and minimise impacts.
Here are the key points:
- Maintaining access to business at all times is crucial.
- Some businesses operate outside of normal business hours.
- Most businesses receive deliveries daily.
- The majority of employees drive to work.
- Weekdays are busier than weekends.
- November and December are the busiest months.
- English Street, Matthews Avenue, Wirraway Road and the Matthews Avenue ramps are all critical roads.
It was raised whether a bike lane on English Street could be considered during the reconstruction of the bridge.
While a bicycle lane is not in the current scope for the project, cyclists will be able to share the road with other road users to access Essendon Fields from English Street Bridge.
Bicycle boxes, the green area marked for bicycles at the front of the intersection, are being added at the intersection of Matthews Avenue and English Street to provide increased safety for cyclists to move through traffic signals.
The following print-friendly fact sheets are available:
- English Street bridge overview PDF, 727.9 KB.
- English Street business online survey results PDF, 633.5 KB
If you have any questions about what's happening at English Street then please contact us on 1300 783 947 (select option 2) or firstname.lastname@example.org.